LAST night (21 May) history was made as Harlow Council held its first ever council meeting virtually which was also streamed live on You Tube.
The Annual Council meeting, where a number of appointments are made for the year ahead, started with a minute’s silence to remember Covid-19 victims. The meeting paused at 8pm for councillors and officers to take part in the Thursday night clap for carers.
At the meeting Councillor Maggie Hulcoop was elected the chair of the council for the third time with Councillor Bob Davis being appointed as the new vice-chair of the council.
The chair of the council’s chosen charities for 2020 to 2021 will be mental health charity Mind and the baby loss counselling charity Petals.
Councillor Hulcoop takes over the ceremonial role from Councillor Clive Souter. During Councillor Souter’s year in office he raised £12,000 for charity, which will be split equally between Livewire theatre and the Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust.
At the same meeting Councillor Mark Ingall, the leader of the council, made the following seven appointments to his Cabinet:
Councillor Eugenie Harvey
Deputy leader and portfolio holder for resilience and recovery (new portfolio)
Councillor Mike Danvers
Portfolio holder for resources
Councillor Tony Durcan
Portfolio holder for growth and prosperity (new portfolio)
Councillor Frances Mason
Portfolio holder for governance, equality and diversity
Councillor Danny Purton
Portfolio holder for environment
Councillor Chris Vince
Portfolio holder for community and wellbeing
Councillor Mark Wilkinson
Portfolio holder for housing
Chairs and vice-chairs of various committees were also appointed along with various committee members. The list of appointments to committees, sub-committees, panels, outside bodies and member champions can be viewed on the council’s website